Yes, I know that Halloween is over, but the title still seemed very appropriate for this particular intention plate. This plate was another unexpected, but very cool, result from my experiments with embellishments. I have been experimenting with various metallic embellishments – coins, copper and brass mesh, metal buttons, etc. – to find out which work well with glass and which do not.
The embellishment for this plate was cut from a sheet of very thin variegated faux gold leaf. The leaf is made from a combination of various metals, and then is sprayed with chemicals which give it its characteristic variegated look. Because this particular leaf starts with a base of copper, I thought it was likely to work well with glass.
As you can see in the photo, the embellishment turned out to be quite translucent, which I really wasn’t expecting. I suppose that the very thin sheets that make up gold leaf must melt somewhat in the heat of the kiln and that creates the translucent effect during firing. I just didn’t expect that the leaf would actually burn away in some parts of the embellishment or that the embellishment would tear as the layers of glass fused together. I did expect that the chemicals that give the variegated leaf its color patterns would give the leaf more texture than the copper mesh that I use most often for embellishments, and that did in fact happen
All in all, I’m very happy with the ghost effect of the sun embellishment, which was a good thing, considering that the intention for this plate was Happiness. If this plate makes you feel happy too, perhaps you would be interested in acquiring this unique piece of art for you or someone special in your life. If so, head over to my Etsy store before someone else takes it home!
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